I bought a 1500 Varminter w/ laminated ss not to long ago. I was looking at a Weatherby Super Varmint Master, and a Sako when I bought it. This is what swayed me to buy it: I read a couple of field tests which were positive. Fit and finish was excellent for the money, target crowned barrel, adjustable trigger, rollover cheekpiece, grooved lug for smooth bolt operation, and everything (safety, release, etc.) was in the right spot. Balance for a heavey rifle was nice and it had a drilled and tapped extension forward of the receiver for looooong scopes if needed. It just seemed too much bang for the buck to pass up. I am just an average shooter if lucky, and I'll tell you this, my Kimber 84 or my Remingtons (which have been great) have nothing on this rifle.
I paid over five for mine, and don't regret it one bit.
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